Baked zucchini corn fritters on a plate with a tomato salad.

June 15, 2021

10 Best Corn Recipes

From main dishes to sides to salads, the 10 best corn recipes are a mix of easy vegetarian and vegan options that make the most of corn season.

From main dishes to sides to salads, the 10 best corn recipes are a mix of easy vegetarian and vegan options that make the most of corn season.

When I say I love corn, the word love might not be strong enough. I try to eat corn pretty much everyday during corn season.

Currently in my fridge you will find leftover grilled corn kernels that I use in anything I can including sides, salads and even scrambled eggs. 

There is so much you can do with corn. This list includes 10 of my absolute favorites. And with most of them, I slice the kernels off the cobs. Of course, there is nothing wrong with traditional corn on the cob slathered with butter, but why limit yourself?

Main Dishes

1. Zucchini Corn Fritters

A sheet pan is all you need to make these easy baked zucchini corn fritters. Served with a tomato salad, they are a great vegetarian appetizer or main dish. Besides the obvious that baked fritters are healthier than fried ones, they are just easier to make. It’s that simple.

2. Balsamic Veggie Skewers

Using white balsamic vinegar in the marinade for these grilled balsamic veggies skewers, lets the color of the corn, zucchini, squash and peppers stay bright while not sacrificing flavor.

Balsamic Veggie Skewers

Side Dishes

3. Grilled Corn and Avocado with Cilantro Pesto

Looking for a way to really celebrate corn season? Try grilled corn and avocado with cilantro pesto as a side or a salad with or without tortilla chips. Pumpkin seeds keep the pesto nut-free.

Grilled Corn and Avocado with Cilantro Pesto

4. Mexican Street Corn

Instead of mayonnaise, this lightened-up version of Mexican street corn uses Greek yogurt. The cobs are sprinkled with chili powder and cotija cheese. I even get fancy and braid the husks, so they give you something to hold on to when you eat the corn.

Mexican Street Corn

5. Grilled Corn Couscous

With grilled lemon, scallions, feta and walnuts, this grilled corn couscous is a fantastic summer side dish. It’s made with plump grains of pearl couscous. I love how the corn and couscous are basically the same size.

Grilled Corn Couscous


6. Corn Tomato Wild Rice Salad

This grilled corn tomato wild rice salad is a hearty salad with chopped kale, walnuts, scallions and champagne vinaigrette. It blurs the line between salad and side. Bonus points if you take the time to roast the cherry tomatoes.

Corn Tomato Wild Rice Salad

7. Grilled Corn Broccoli Salad

You can skip the leafy greens in this grilled corn broccoli salad with balsamic vinaigrette, pecorino, parsley and scallions. If you haven’t grilled broccoli, I definitely recommend it.

Grilled Corn Broccoli Salad

8. Corn Edamame Succotash

Taking inspiration from classic corn succotash, this grilled corn version has a vibrant mix of halved ripe tomatoes, edamame instead of lima beans, and lots of scallions and chives.

Grilled corn succotash on a plate.

9. Grilled Corn Poblano Salad

To balance out the heat in this grilled corn poblano salad, stir in cilantro, scallions, crumbled feta and lime juice. You can try it as a veggie taco filling, too. It is nice and spicy!

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad


10. Grilled Corn Cornbread

Folding grilled corn into the batter of this skillet grilled corn cornbread gives it subtle smoky flavor along with a fresh crunch. Serve this corn bread as a side or an appetizer.

Grilled Corn Cornbread


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